Cameron Howe, News by Cameron
May 19, 2018
After being dogged by bureaucratic drama, Edithvale Life Saving Club’s redevelopment has now received the thumbs up.
Constructed in 1919, Edithvale Life Saving Club was expected to be demolished in late 2017 to enable the new facility to open in time for their centenary in 2019.
However the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning last year revealed that the design did not meet the Coastal Management Act regulations. Concerns relating to coastal erosion and rising sea levels prompted discussions about whether the proximity of the facility to the water’s edge was appropriate.
An audit uncovered considerable deterioration of the roof structure that led to the decision for a complete reconstruction, including the replacement of the decrepit public toilets outside. The redesign of the originally costed $3.45 million facility is expected to now exceed $4 million dollars.
Mayor Steve Staikos said that he was “thrilled” to receive the approval for the new designs. “The current building has served the community well, but is ageing and needs replacing.”
“We are excited to have the project back on track and Council will advertise the new designs for community input,” he said.
The facility will assist with meeting the club’s growing membership by increasing storage space, providing greater room for training, and improving the club’s visibility of the beach.
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